FG gets 21-day ultimatum as ASUP prepares for strike

FG gets 21-day ultimatum as ASUP prepares for strike

- The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) issues 21-day ultimatum to the federal government

- ASUP says it is already mobilising its members ahead of a possible shutdown of activities in all polytechnics

- The labour body wants its demands to the federal government implemented

Nigerian students could be in for tough times as the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has issued a 21-day ultimatum to the federal government ahead of a planned strike action.

The ASUP said it would paralyse academic activities in the nation's polytechnics if the government refused to meet its demands before October 31, 2019.

After a meeting held at the Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra state, ASUP said in a communique: “The union’s NEC is hereby issuing a 21day ultimatum to the government to address the issues as listed satisfactorily or risk indefinite withdrawal of services by our members nationwide."

In the communique issued and signed by ASUP's national president, Usman Dutse, the group said it is already mobilising its members across the country adding that Nigeria currently deserves an efficiently run educational system to guarantee knowledge-driven economy.

He said ASUP was concerned about an alleged attempt to forcefully enroll its members into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

Other areas of concern, according to him include the refusal to implementation the federal polytechnics act 2019 amendment and the endless victimisation of members of its union.

To him, the government has refused all entreaties to reconvene the renegotiation of its agreement with the body since 2015, even after 10 months submission of the charter of demands.

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“Our union has been complaining that insertions that undermine global best practices in tertiary education have been forced into the scheme of service currently at the final stages of the review process," Dutse said.

Meanwhile, some university lecturers have reportedly broken away from the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to form a new group, Congress of University Academics (CONUA).

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